This is the story of a woman who fought for life and love in a land as wild as it was beautiful. And of a man whose fierce passion for her was as untamed as the Canadian wilderness in which they lived.

Fred Carter was as hard and rough as an uncut diamond. Mary Sharron was a strikingly beautiful widow whose only support was her young son, Robbie. Was it love that made her marry Carter? Was it only jealousy that led Robbie to hate his stepfather?

This remarkable piece of storytelling ranges from forest fire to raging blizzard, from the slaughter of a wild stag to a perilous journey. Violence comes to a climax when Robbie traps Carter in a terrifying showdown. Both of them come to know the meaning of fear and love.